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Workforce has quickly become one of the primary concerns when an industry is looking to expand or relocate in any area. Corporate site selection is a process of elimination. Having quality buildings and sites is what generates interests others and brings projects to town. However, the overall “Product,” including the availability, trainability and quality of the local workforce, can make or break economic development efforts. Getting the workforce component right is one of the most important aspects in a globally competitive world and in an economy increasingly driven by knowledge and innovation. more
When I was in grammar school, I got the Weekly Reader. It was a kid’s newspaper that we received at school. I loved the Weekly Reader because the editor chocked it full of facts. There were articles about space, history, geography, and other … more
I couldn’t watch the last out of the Cubs-Indians World Series. I still hadn’t recovered from a two-run home run by Indians center fielder Rajai Davis that tied the game in the bottom of the 8th inning. more
I’ve been reading media reports in the wake of the Republican health care plan, particularly some great coverage from Politico. Trump and his administration are not fatally wounded but, boy, are they in trouble. This is not the way you want to start a new administration. more
The West Wing of the White House is a busy place. Aides scurry from room to room, briefing folders tucked under arm, as doors open and close down hallways where meetings are convened to consider policy that impacts the nation’s future. It is a scene of intense activity and sober discussions, as President Donald Trump’s team moves to pass legislation to repeal Obamacare, simplify the tax code, and boost spending for America’s military. more
There are memories from my childhood that faded with time, but some are as fresh as cut flowers. One such memory is of my great grandmother working in her tiny kitchen. more
Most Southerners associate the Milo’s brand with two things — hamburgers and sweet tea. Pay attention the next time you pull a gallon of your favorite Milo’s flavor off a Walmart shelf and you’ll notice a third — women-owned. During … more
I can remember when Bucky Rizzo and I interviewed then-state Rep. Robert Bentley on the radio here in Jasper in 2010 as he was running for governor. He was a congenial conservative who made a nice impression. When he left, Bucky and I turned to each … more
I wonder what happened to UFOs? When I was younger, people around the world reported seeing them in the sky. Those living in Alabama and Mississippi trailer parks had a front row seat. Maybe the crafts used magnets for propulsion and metal … more
In recent months, I have watched some outstanding films. Some of my favorites that I have seen this year include “Hacksaw Ridge,” “Hidden Figures,” “Logan,” and “Fences.” All those … more
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